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Old August 13th, 2015, 09:27 AM   #1
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Thumbs up ROBAR NP3

Is anyone interested in the Robar NP3 finish for their M&P? I noticed that some of my gun parts could use more corrosion and wear protection. This is especially true of my M&P magazines. They sit in pouches on my duty belt for extended periods and serve through Chicago's hot, humid summers and cold, wet winters. As much as I try to clean them with some CLP they really get dinged up and show some rust after time. Firearm training classes can be very hard on magazines (getting dropped in mud and stepped on) and without markings these mags are easy to lose. So a few years ago I sent my magazines to Robar to get them finished with their NP3 coatings. I got both the regular NP3 and NP3 Plus (which came out in 2012). NP3 is an electroless nickel and Teflon that gives the coating a satin silver-gray finish and makes it slick. As of 2015, the regular NP3 finish costs $22 and the NP3 Plus costs $30 per magazine.

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Old August 13th, 2015, 09:37 AM   #2
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There's definitely a difference between regular NP3 and NP3 Plus. The NP3 Plus seems like a thicker coating (look how the round count markings are filled in more) and the NP3 Plus mags don't drop as freely. The finish is also duller in color. I have no doubt that the corrosion protection of NP3 Plus is much better as Robar claims but I think for most it's overkill. The regular NP3 finish also has a slicker feel as if there's more Teflon embedded in it giving it more lubricity. Both finishes are easy to clean and I have never seen any rust on any of my NP3 coated parts. After extensive use, I would just go with the regular NP3 finish. It still offers great corrosion protection and the coating isn't as thick or expensive as NP3 Plus.
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Old August 13th, 2015, 05:01 PM   #3
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Well Sir; that's a strong recommendation for a great product, and some good info and pics, too.

The only thing is, you can replace the mags with new ones for $24.95 from GregCoteLLC.com. When you do that; you're also getting a new mag spring, follower and base.
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Old August 14th, 2015, 04:56 PM   #4
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Good point! I make it a habit to rotate new magazines into my inventory (especially if I find some on sale). However, it's nice to have a few "to hell and back" magazines. I keep one in my truck and another in my bug-out bag then rotate them out with unloaded ones in my safe. I don't have to worry about them rusting or sticking to my hands in the extreme cold. My oldest NP3 M&P40 mags are over 7 years old and show little sign of wear after hard use. I wish Smith & Wesson would just make some "extreme" magazines with an NP3 finish. It would be a nice extra.
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Good point! I make it a habit to rotate new magazines into my inventory (especially if I find some on sale). However, it's nice to have a few "to hell and back" magazines. I keep one in my truck and another in my bug-out bag then rotate them out with unloaded ones in my safe. I don't have to worry about them rusting or sticking to my hands in the extreme cold. My oldest NP3 M&P40 mags are over 7 years old and show little sign of wear after hard use. I wish Smith & Wesson would just make some "extreme" magazines with an NP3 finish. It would be a nice extra.
I agree that there would likely be a market for something like that; extreme service mags for LEO and Military use. If I was "in the job," I'd want a few myself.

My oldest mags came with my first M&P bought back in '07. That said; I don't drop them in the mud, or put them through the wringer like your duty mags are subjected to.

My only point was, that for many of us; buying new OEM mags would cost less than having old ones refinished.
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Old January 9th, 2016, 05:34 AM   #6
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I think this would definitely be worth looking at, especially the cheaper NP3. I know you can buy new mags as cheap, but saving you from having to worry about wiping off the mags at end of every shift and then maybe pulling the spring and follower and wiping the inside out as often, too. I never carried my 9mm early mags but know they have a tendency to rust. I had a whole 5904 frame and internals NP3'ed (Rogard on slide) and carried it on duty and shot heck out of it for years. Zero rust or worry, and slicked up the action very nicely to boot. If not NP3, maybe hard chroming might work and be cheaper for mags in problem climates. Seems like the USPSA shooters with the big expensive mags do that to save wear and tear.

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